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Ministry Fair “Musings”: “Discovering God in the Neighborhood”

missionalWhere do you see God at work in the world? There are the obvious places, of course, with which one might be familiar: soup kitchens, food shelves, homeless shelters; but what about the less obvious situations? Kids hanging out in the mall together? Community connection at the local farmer’s market or coop? Annual Town Meeting? The local coffee shop? Is God at work in that world too?

Assuming God is already present and at work in the midst of us, this year’s Ministry Fair theme is going “on the hunt” to discover the Divine Surprises where God’s Mission is at work in the world. Places, experiences and opportunities that surround us all the time but do not look, feel, sound or smell like what we expect when we think of “Mission”. God’s fingerprints might well be hidden in plain sight!

Following along the lines of Alan Roxburgh’s book: “Missional: Joining God in the Neighborhood” we are “going on the hunt” for God in our local areas during our two ministry fair events which will be held:
• September 27 at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Burlington
• October 18 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, White River Junction
Please join us for coffee & hospitality at 9:00 AM. Our liturgy will begin at 9:30. During our morning, we will have an ‘experiential homily’ in which we will follow Jesus’ instruction to the disciples in the Gospel of Luke (Luke 10: 1-12) to go out two-by-two without any pre-conceived notion of what might be found or experienced. Upon our return, we will continue with a “Liturgy Lunch” (modeled after the popular Dinner Church concept), share what we observed and wonder about and conclude our Eucharist around 2:30 PM. PLEASE NOTE: There will be a “home base” activity for those who are not able to take a “walk in the neighborhood” so that everyone can participate. For those who do venture forth into the world in a literal fashion, be sure you dress for the weather and come with your sleuthing skills charged up and ready to roll! This is a rain or shine event since God is still present in all kinds of weather. We don’t know what we will find – this is a time of observation, discovery and wondering.

What you need to know: Bring your own bag lunch. Dress for the weather – rain or shine (be sure you have comfy shoes). Please be sure to register so we have some idea of how many to expect. (Registration info will be forthcoming soon). While Burlington will be entirely a journey on foot, we will be doing some carpooling at the White River Junction site and numbers would be helpful for planning purposes.

Thanks! We look forward to seeing you soon!

The Rev. Carole Wageman

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